This week myself and Tony abandoned the minors, left them in the care of the (sergeant) majors and took ourselves off to London. With promises of presents and various forms of bribery, they waved us off without a second glance – the deals were struck. With one condition - as long as we were back… Continue reading The Pill That Steals Lives
Psychiatric Drugs do More Harm Than Good. Myself, Stephanie, Kim, Mathy and Wendy spoke at Peter Gotzsche's Copenhagen Conference 'psychiatric drugs do more harm than good' (see the last post for details). I'm very proud to call these women my friends. This video shows Stephanie's talk followed by mine. I'll put the others up as… Continue reading Jake and Shane’s story.
Following the death of Robin Williams last week, two of his friends (Marlon Wayans and Rob Schneider) have publicly blamed his suicide on the prescription drugs he was taking. Normally when medication is blamed for suicide, usually SSRIs, academics will blame the disease, saying it's the actual depression that causes suicide, not the drug. One prime example… Continue reading Sure it’s the disease Mr Williams, not the drug
Psychiatric Drugs: Evidence Based Medicine or Psychiatry’s Smoke Ball? For decades doctors and psychiatrists have defended the use and efficacy of psychiatric drugs, from declaring that they ‘revolutionised the treatment of depression’ to just plain ‘lifesaving’. Indeed Irish Psychiatrist Patricia Casey has proclaimed that antidepressants are lifesaving and that for early improvement in ‘clinical’… Continue reading Psychiatric Drugs: Evidence Based Medicine or Psychiatry’s Smoke Ball?
Does anybody actually care about the conflict of interests which exist between the medical professionals and drug companies? Just suppose these inherent conflict of interests, particularly within the 'mental health' field, are actually causing many deaths, not curtailing them? Will it matter then? Example: Nessa Childers tweeted today "Call to action?: Mental illness can reduce life expectancy… Continue reading COI- Condition or Iatrogenic?
On Monday 10th March, TV3 will air a documentary covering the events surrounding the death of my son Shane and his killing of Sebastian Creane. We decided to participate in this programme because it provided others with the opportunity to hear about the role that SSRI antidepressants played in the tragic deaths of both young… Continue reading TV3 Documentary
The pharmaceutical industry has a long and tangled involvement within Irish politics. Besides politics, our medical ‘experts’ have built up their training and expertise while simultaneously having a fundamental collegial relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. Pharma politics may not be news to Americans, Latvians or our British neighbours – but as Ireland is my Country… Continue reading The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Influence in Irish Politics and Medicine.
In September I was asked to speak at the Mindfreedom Ireland 10th anniversary conference. Myself and the other half met some amazing people, all with their own stories to tell; mostly awful it has to be said, but there was lots of inspirational survivor stories too. Mary and Jim Maddock were great hosts; in Mary’s case,… Continue reading Mindfreedom Ireland 2013
This November IFMAD are holding a symposium in Monte Carlo which is sponsored by an unrestricted grant from Lundbeck pharmaceuticals. IFMAD is an abbreviation for 'International Forum on Mood and Anxiety Disorders' - an unfortunate abbreviation it has to be said. Their website is also sponsored by Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals. According to their 'Lundbeck sponsored' website, IFMAD… Continue reading The Lundbeck merry-go-round.
On the front page of today's Sunday Times, an article by Mark Tighe reports that the army expert who advised the Irish Government on it's practice of prescribing the dangerous drug Lariam, has previously received funding from Roche, the manufactures of Lariam. So someone finally gets the conflict of interest here? Patricia Schlagenhauf stated that… Continue reading Dodgy Professors and Even Dodgier Decisions.